Making a triumphant return to the concert stage in Chiang
Mai, after an absence of ten years, entertainer Nadda Vitakarn proved to her
enthusiastic admirers that she has lost none of her dynamic appeal and
vivacity. Supported by an energetic team from the Playhouse dancers and
singers, she gave a two- hour show blending her many Thai hits with popular
western show tunes such as Don’t Cry for Me Argentina and other well know
songs including, of course, This is My Life.
She also pleased he audience with reminiscences of her
career – on and off stage – and showing off glamorous costumes. At the
supposed end of the show cries of encore and more, please forced her to take
a short break and come back for even more songs.
Chiang Mai has a generous share of pop concerts, jazz,
classical music and visitors such as the recent swing band from Holland, but
it can always welcome a true professional and on Monday evening 19th
December the Playhouse audience did just that. Welcoming a Thai celebrity
who echoes some of the pop divas from the U.S.A. and Britain, including
Shirley Bassey whose influence and style is apparent on Nadda Viyakarn.
The show was briskly directed and well supported by the
local team, proving that the venue is an ideal place for guest appearances
to supplement the regular cabaret. The sight lines are excellent, acoustics
good and the seats comfortable and well spaced. Let’s hope that this
successful event will encourage further such evenings during the coming
year. The Playhouse deserves to be widely used and appreciated in Chiang Mai
and would also make an ideal home for occasional classical and other music
happenings or even live theatre.